Meet Tiffany, one of our awesome dog walkers who is also a foster care provider. She not only helps exercise, socialize, and train our dogs in the shelter–she fosters puppies for PB SOC and has even given some of the long-time confiscated dogs weekend breaks from the shelter. Her efforts are invaluable and much appreciated by us and the dogs alike!
How long have you been volunteering with PB SOC?
Since October 2013
How did you get started?
I wanted to get involved so I checked out the shelters website to see what opportunities there were and found PB SOC. I grew up with many large breed dogs, including bully breeds and love training them so I knew that would be the perfect fit for me. I contacted Delyse through the PB SOC facebook page and began volunteering that week!
What do you do for PB SOC?
I provide the dogs a much needed break from their kennel by taking them on walks, provide mental stimulation by working on basic obedience commands, provide socialization by helping out with doggie playgroups, and help with occasional offsite adoption events and fostering.
What is one of your favorite things about working with the dogs?
Many dogs come into the shelter scared, confused, not knowing anyone, their lives turned upside down, and I’m lucky enough to be able to offer a little comfort, reassurance, and encouragement to these amazing dogs.
What would you say to someone considering volunteering for us?
Give it a try at least. What better way to spend a portion of your day than with furry friends?! There are many activities to choose from, whether you’re an active person or not, there’s something for you. If you’re active or want to become more active, what better way to make it more enjoyable than by adding a dog to your walk, jog, or biking? Taking the time to make a positive difference in the life of a dog is a log of fun, gives you a great sense of satisfaction, can provide great exercise and provide other health benefits as well.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Our PB SOC team is made up of truly amazing volunteers. Three words I’d use to describe our team are: Compassionate, committed, and supportive.
How many dogs have you fostered?
I’ve had the pleasure of fostering four adorable puppies and I’ve taken home a few confiscated dogs for the weekend to give them a short but much needed break from the shelter!
What do you love about fostering?
There are so many reasons I love to foster, here are just a few:
They provide endless entertainment, especially the puppies!
They’re great company for me, my family, friends, and other pets
I love to train dogs, and this provides the opportunity to teach them basic obedience commands, manners, potty training, and tricks! It’s wonderful to watch their progress and watch them grow.
Describe your home/pet situation and how that helps or hinders fostering.
My own dog can be dog selective but does well with puppies so I only foster puppies. I have done the occasional weekend only fosters for adult dogs who need a short break from the shelter. In these cases I crate rotate or send my dog to my sisters for a sleepover which he really enjoys.
Describe a challenge you faced with a foster dog and how you overcame it.
Fostering a puppy always brings the less than desirable challenge of potty training. Patience and consistency are key.
Describe a favorite memory of fostering.
Taking them from the shelter environment into my home is a favorite.
Every memory I have of a puppy crawling in my lap, belly up for snuggles is a favorite.
Meeting the potential adopters of my last foster puppy Pebbles at their home and watching her run zoomies through their backyard, picking up oranges she found on the ground and playing catch me if you can. It was a perfect match, everyone was ecstatic.
Catching on video my last foster puppy, Pebbles, showing off 11 commands she had learned (and this wasn’t even all of them) at only 10 weeks old!
Describe what it was like to give up a dog after fostering him or her.
Bitter-sweet. PB SOC allows you to be involved in the adoption process and although it’s still a little tough letting them go, meeting the potential adopters, and knowing that they’re going to a fabulous home makes it easier and when the adopters give you updates it definitely puts your heart at ease. You can quickly adopt yourself out of fostering by adopting your own fosters so I have to remind myself that I want to keep room in my home for many more dogs in need of foster. The more you can let go into great homes, the more you’ll be able to help by fostering.
Any other comments about fostering you’d like to share?
Not sure fostering is for you but want to find out? Try a short term foster, even if it’s only a weekend.